MOT cen­tre open for busi­ness af­ter re­vamp

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness -

IT may not be the right time to start a busi­ness, but if no one started up where would the econ­omy be?

That’s the philo­soph­i­cal, and cau­tiously up­beat, view of Carmine Basile who has opened the Au­torama MOT busi­ness at his own site in Sec­ond Drove, Fen­gate, Peter­bor­ough. He is pos­i­tive about the fu­ture, a good at­ti­tude to have given that he has in­vested more than £120,000 of his own money into the new ven­ture.

The for­mer en­gi­neer­ing site has been re­fur­bished and trans­formed

JOHN KRALEVICH into an up-to-the-minute MOT cen­tre.

The cen­tre can ac­com­mo­date MOT classes 1 and 2 (mo­tor­cy­cles), 4 (cars and light com­mer­cials) and, un­usu­ally, 7 (light com­mer­cials up to 3.5 tonnes).

A fam­ily-run set-up, Au­torama boasts high-spec­i­fi­ca­tion, top-ofthe-range Maha equip­ment in­clud­ing ATL (Au­to­mated Test Lane) bays, ramps and di­ag­nos­tics.

As such, it can ser­vice all makes and mod­els of cars, spe­cial­is­ing in 4x4 mod­els.

The mod­ern premises pro­vide a com­fort­able re­cep­tion area, which has wheel­chair-friendly ac­cess and WC fa­cil­i­ties.

And as a fam­ily firm, Au­torama can keep prices down. As­sist­ing Carmine in the busi­ness are his wife, Enza, daugh­ter Lisa and her hus­band Michael, as well as sec­re­tary Ka­tia Cen­drella.

The new ven­ture co­in­cided with Den­nis Hod­son step­ping down from run­ning Hod­son En­gi­neer­ing and Carmine mov­ing away from sell­ing 4x4s in Whit­tle­sey.

The down­turn in the SUV mar­ket, as re­sult of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing “gas-guz­zling 4x4s”, led Carmine to re­think his fu­ture, to in­vest his many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the mo­tor in­dus­try as well as a con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial out­lay into the MOT ven­ture.

He had orig­i­nally bought the Sec­ond Drove premises in the mid80s and ran it as a car spray­ing and re­pairs busi­ness. It was then a car sales yard be­fore Carmine re­lo­cated it.

The site was let to Nene Jaguar be­fore it be­came home for Hod­son En­gi­neer­ing for about 12 years.

pos­i­tive at­ti­tude: Owner of Au­torama, Carmine Basile, cen­tre, with staff Stephen Carter and Ka­tia Cen­drella.

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